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Vladimir Dudka forced to testify under threats to family

The son of Vladimir Dudka, one of the persons involved in the new case of the “Crimean infiltrators”, told the Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) that the arranged attorney Oksana Zhelezniak was able to visit her client in the Bakhchisaray temporary detention facility (TDF) on November 14. At about 12:30 local time, the lawyer left the Bakhchisaray building after a meeting with him. According to the son, the conversation lawyer with Dudka was a short one, 17 minutes only. Oksana Zhelezniak found out that her client was being taken away from the Bakhchisaray TDF building with no reasons provided.

The son told that during Dudka’s conversation with the lawyer, Vladimir Dudka completely denied his involvement in the crime of which he is accused and he had given evidence under duress in the presence of the appointed counsel Oksana Akulenko.

Moreover, Dudka said that he was forced to decline the lawyer arranged by his son. Also, the son assumes that his father will most likely be forced to waive the independent counsel. Oksana Zhelezniak told to Dudka’s son, her client appeared to be extremely morbid.

His health condition causes great concern, because he suffers from tachycardia and peptic ulcer disease. Before his arrest, he sought medical assistance for the treatment of the ulcer but due to the detention, could not take it. The defendant looked intimidated and psychologically depressed. He does not receive any health care in the TDF, which endangers his life and health.

Besides, Dudka’s son is under apprehension of his and his family members’ lives, as he suspects that his father testified under threats against his relatives. Therefore, it is possible to assert that psychological methods of pressure are applied to the Crimean.

Also, the son fears that the arranged defence counsel will in the end be removed from the case, so that the investigation can carry on without an independent legal counsel.

It is important to note that there are no grounds for Vladimir Dudka to be kept in the Bakhchisaray TDF, because, according to a court ruling, he was to be transferred either to the Simferopol Pre-Trial Detention Facility or to the Sevastopol TDF.

His relatives have never been granted an opportunity to meet with the detainee and give him warm clothes and other necessary things. The Bakhchisaray TDF refused to accept any parcels for Vladimir Dudka.

If the lawyer Oksana Zhelezniak is removed from the case through coercing Dudka to waive an independent counsel, it will be a confirmation of illegal investigative methods.



Crimean citizens are recruited into the Russian army in violation of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of WarOn 30 July, 2017 another action was held in Sevastopol calling to serve under the contract in the Russian army. The citizens of Sevastopol again were recruited for military service. At the so-called “point of selection for military service on a contract basis” they distributed booklets with agitation to serve in separate coastal defence brigade 126 and in landing ships brigade 197 of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation. Agitation was held in Sevastopol during the celebration of the day of the Navy on Nakhimov Square. According to the Crimea.Realii website, an exhibition of land military equipment was held on the same square; The exhibition included: a mobile coastal anti-ship missile system “Bastion” with a unified homing missile “Yakhont”, a mobile command and staff radio station, a floating wheeled armoured personnel carrier, an anti-aircraft missile system S-300 “Favorit” for the destruction of modern and prospective aircraft, a 122 mm missile-antiaircraft complex Grad, a multiple launch rocket system “Uragan”, an anti-aircraft missile system “Pantsir”, an air defence missile system “Osa”, a charging car, a self-propelled artillery “Gvozdika”. According to Russian media, the occupation authorities held a naval parade in the city, where military a demonstration fire was organized. The event began with the entrance of the three-masted sailing frigate “Khersones” to the Sevastopol Bay, at which students of the Ukrainian University (Kerch State Maritime Technological University) earlier had a maritime practice. According to local and Russian media, the training ship “Perekop”, missile cruiser “Moscow” and the diesel-electric submarine “Stary Oskol”, as well as the naval aviation Ka-27 helicopters and Su-30SM fighters, also took part in the military parade. Such actions of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine, which was occupied by it, grossly violate international humanitarian law and are prohibited by international conventions. The Crimean Human Rights Group (CHRG) earlier recorded the holding of similar agitation events for military service in the Russian army in the occupied peninsula. We remind you that Article 51 of the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War explicitly prohibits the invocation of an occupying power in the occupied territory. The head of the CHRG, Olga Skrypnik, noted that among other things the Convention prohibits propaganda of the military conscription in the occupied territories, including all the advertising posters, various “patriotic” events in schools and universities where people are called to go to the Russian army. Both contractual and regular service are under the ban. Photos of the mobile point of military drafting and promotional booklets were made on 30 July in Sevastopol.

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